After 10 years in London, we decided the time had finally come to move… To Colombia!
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I know, I know… To many people, this sounds bonkers. Generally speaking, people move to London, not away from it! And especially not to Colombia!
After all, London is where the opportunities are. The best and the brightest come from far away to make their fortunes and build their lives there.
The thing is, that was never me. I worked a number of (quite) well-paid jobs during my time in London, and learned a ton. I met friends and colleagues, and grew in my career.
But deep down, the corporate world never sat right with me. Before moving to London, I’d lived in Spain for years, and travelled for a few months around South America. Working a desk job was a struggle early on, but it stayed a struggle throughout my London career. I was just never cut out for it. I used to feel physically sick walking between the office buildings where I used to work, knowing I was dedicating all of my time to something that, while I didn’t hate it, just wasn’t what I’d always wanted.
We also just weren’t very happy in London. The constant grey weather, the cold, and the frenetic pace of life was grinding us down. We had long, expensive commutes to get to our jobs, which drained us of our energy. We’d get to the weekend and use the time to recover for the next week. Unlike others, we could never really embrace the grind, and found ourselves burning out.
Really, I wanted to be able to continue to travel, explore, and learn, as I had done years ago. I know I wasn’t the only one who dreamed of that, but I knew Spanish Obsessed was a way to achieve those dreams, while also sharing them with others.
We started Spanish Obsessed over 8 years ago. What started as (and still is!) a podcast grew into a website, and then grew into a business. A couple of years ago, Lis and I realised that we had grown the business enough to make it our full time living. And what’s more, there was so much more we could do and grow!
We’d always loved Colombia. Lis was born and raised in Bogotá, but even before meeting her I’d explored Colombia, and felt some deep, unexplainable connection to it.
Mention Colombia to most people in England and they think of cocaine, kingpins, and cartels. Maybe some people think of Shakira. But generally, it’s one of the most misunderstood countries in the world.
It’s also one of the most incredible countries in the world. It boasts the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, part of the Amazon jungle, and the world’s backbone, the Andes, runs through it. You’ll find tropical beaches, deserts, jungle, grasslands, and some of the most incredible landscapes on earth. It’s classed as one of the world’s ‘mega-diverse’ countries, hosting 10% of the world’s biodiversity. If you’re into birds, Colombia has more species than any other country.
The people are also the friendliest in the world, who’ll go to the ends of the earth to be able to say “yes”. I often contrast this with people in England, who tend to go to the ends of the earth to be able to say “no”!
Yes, Colombia has its problems. It’s still a work in progress, and everyone there will admit there’s still a lot to do to improve crime, poverty, corruption, pollution, and other issues.
But despite all that, we wanted to move there. We felt confident we could not only grow Spanish Obsessed in Colombia, but take it further than we ever could in London. We’d reignite our sense of adventure, and escape the perma-drizzle of London.
So, follow us as we start our new life! I’ll keep you updated with the good and the bad, and share our story as we explore this wonderful land.
Next stop: Bogotá!
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